AMD’s Frame Rate Target Control Feature Tested!
AMD’s Radeon series graphics cards sport a new feature called the Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), this one has a massive effect on your card’s power consumption and computer’s noise.
The Frame Rate Target Control can be controlled through the Catalyst Control Center in AMD. It lets you put a leash around your frame rates. You can set frame rates between 55 and 95 fps. This option is available for most of the DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 games.
Apparently, the FRTC introduced by AMD has three benefits. First, you graphics card’s power consumption will drop drastically. Secondly, the fan noise will decrease giving you a peaceful environment for enjoying you favorite games, and thirdly, it lowers your GPU’s temperature.
PC World carried out a test of FRTC using Civilization: Beyond Earth, BioShock Infinite and Dirt Rally. When Civilization: Beyond Earth was fired, there were thousands of fps getting wasted in the menu options. This process made the GPU’s temperature rise, noisier and wasted a lot of electricity.
So coming towards the test, Radeon Fury X and a Sapphire Tri-X Radeon 390x were used for the test comparing the impact of liquid-cooled and traditional air-cooled cards on FRTC. All three games were fired at 1440p and measure the power draw with fps set at 75, 55 and FRTC off.
The Heaven Valley Benchmark was run at 15 minute loops, with FRTC off the fps ranged from 75 to 120. But when the maximum fps was set, Fury X’s temperature dropped 15 percent while Sapphire dropped from 71 to 60 degrees Celsius.
AMD claims that with FRTC the power consumption reduces, which turns out to be legit. Trimming the frame rates results in less power consumption. The introduction of Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) results in more enjoyable PC gaming sessions. Currently, the option is only available in R300-series graphics cards lineup.
Source: PC World